The pink flags and orange tape mark the spot where the police found a badly decomposed body of a young man near the railroad tracks on 12th Steet. (Jessica Palmer Photo)
The Roswell Police Department found the body of a man in a shallow grave located in the backyard of a vacant residence in the 200 block of East 12th Avenue.
The body was described as badly decomposed. Family members of a 19-year-old man who had been reported missing to the RPD early in October arrived at the location after police had vacated the scene.
The family is convinced that the victim was their family member. The family had recently moved to Roswell from Texas.
One woman said: “I want to know who did this to my brother and why. Last night, they (the police) had us at the police station questioning us for hours and asking if he had any known enemies.”
The mother wept and showed pictures of her son as she asked why this had happened.
The family reported that the young man, a father with a 4-month-old baby at the time of his disappearance, had gone to a job interview on Oct. 8 and never returned.
After the police left, the family scoured the scene locating further evidence, including insurance papers and clothes the youth wore. The mother displayed shirts she found in one of the vacant houses, saying she had washed them for her son in preparation for the job interview.
Each wanted to know why the police had not found him sooner.
Detectives came to pick up the additional evidence from the bereft family. Later, family members found the child car seat that the young man had kept in his vehicle for his baby.
In an official release, RPD reported that no positive identification had been made yet and would not be made until it was able to compare the missing man’s dental records with those of the victim.
The police are seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining additional information about this incident. Detectives urge anyone who may have information to contact the department (624-6770), or Crime Stoppers (1-888-594-8477).